Feature Comparison of Top Cloud Providers

Feature Comparison of Top Cloud Providers

Cloud providers are offering diverse cloud features and add-ons aiming to enhance cloud efficiency and data security. In most case, users just need to pay a small cost to enjoy the powerful features like private networking, auto-backup and DDoS protection. Some of the listed features are even free to enjoy, such as template and unlimited traffic. In this article, a simple feature comparison of top cloud providers is conducted for cloud users’ reference.

Feature Checklist Comparison of Top Cloud Providers

In this feature comparison, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Linode, DigitalOcean and Vultr have been chosen to compare. This report is for reference purpose only, all related information is accessed on their official website, the content may not be completely true or may become untrue in the future, we bear no responsibility for any listed information. Besides, we have conducted a simple Price Comparison Report, interested readers can reach the article HERE.

Private Networking and VPC

Private networking and VPC are the uprising features for clients to place sensitive data like customer information and transaction data. Although Lindoe states itself offering private network, the network connects the whole datacenter and users need to block traffic with Firewall. The data security concern still exists when there is no dedicated VLAN for specific instances. Moreover, LayerStack’s global private network is ready to be launched which protect users to send sensitive data across regions. This feature is currently supported by global brands like AWS and Azure, but other providers do not offer related options.

Linode Private Networking and Virtual Private Network
Source: https://www.linode.com/docs/platform/manager/remote-access/

Template

Template, also known as snapshot, is widely provided by all the brands. Users can save a template of instances at a point of time, it is useful when cloud users want to deploy multiple cloud servers with the same configurations. Todays, LayerStack’s template is integrating with Image Import, users can export a virtual machine image from your virtualization environment for quick server deployments.

Five Virtual Machines Image Format
Source: https://www.layerstack.com/templates

Custom ISO

As for Custom ISO, the scenario is in contrast to global VPC. Cloud-based companies do offer similar options allowing users to install their own operation system on cloud server, while global brands AWS and Azure do not support this function. Custom ISO is especially useful for companies who need to run specific OS (or specific version of OS) for business applications and industrial software.

AWS Custom / Private Operation System (ISO) Solution
Source: https://blogs.oracle.com/ravello/install-iso-image-aws-google-cloud

Unlimited Data Transfer

LayerStack exclusively offer free unlimited traffic to customers which is not offered by any listed cloud providers. In general, most providers are charging users for data transfer. A study shows that data usage costs often end up contributing 30% of total cost (Cloud Evangelist, 2019). In brands like Azure, AWS and Google, users are charged approx. US$ 0.12 for every GB downloaded from cloud or moved to another server. On the other hand, package-based cloud providers charge users US$ 0.01 for each additional GB usage after accounts have reached the transfer limit. However, LayerStack would not charge any cost for data transfer.

Data Transfer Cost Contribute 30% of Total Cost
Source: https://www.cloudmanagementinsider.com/

 

It comes to the end of Cloud Provider Feature Comparison. Please let us know your comments and suggestions on LayerStack Community.

Cloud Providers Data Transfer Study: Unlimited Bandwidth Traffic

Cloud Providers Data Transfer Study: Unlimited Bandwidth Traffic

Nowadays, cloud computing is widely applied in many industries. Cloud providers are offering different packages and solutions for diverse needs. In fact, the stability and connection speed of cloud computing are major quality measurements to providers. Both mentioned factors are related to data usage of cloud accounts because all users are sharing the server bandwidth. Thus, monthly data transfer limit is very common in cloud industry. However, all LayerStack cloud packages offer unlimited data transfer, users do not need to concern about exceeded data transfer (like website traffic) and unpredictable bandwidth expenses with LayerStack.

Data Transfer Cost of Global Cloud Providers

Data Transfer Cost of Global Cloud Providers

Most of the global brands are charging cloud customer for data usage. A study shows that data usage costs often end up contributing 30% of total cost. In brands like Azure, AWS and Google, users are charged for every GB downloaded from cloud or moved to another server. For example, Google’s users are paying US$ 0.12 per GB for all outbound data, the rate might be slightly different in regions.

Cloud Providers’ Transfer Limit

Cloud Providers’ Data Transfer Limit

Some popular cloud provider, on the other hand, offer cloud package to customers. Each package includes with different amount of memory, vCPU and storage. LayerStack, Linode & DigitalOcean are packaging cloud providers, but both Linode and DigitalOcean are setting transfer limit to packages. Cloud users need to pay US$ 0.01 for each additional GB usage after accounts have reached the transfer limit.

Unlimited Bandwidth Traffic

LayerStack Unlimited Bandwidth Traffic

All LayerStack cloud servers provide unlimited bandwidth traffic. Although we have a limit, it is guarantee that no extra cost will be charged for exceeded data usage. According to our “Fair Use Policy”, cloud service continues without capping when usage has reached the limit, but the transfer speed maybe slightly slowed down. If users want to get more data usage with guaranteed normal speed, they could simply upgrade the plan with a small cost.

 

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Comparison of Cloud Computing Brands

Price

The similarest cloud computing plan of several famous brands have been choosen for below price comparaison, all cost are counted in US dollar.


This report is for reference purpose only, the content may not be completely true or may become untrue in the future, we bear no responsibility for any listed information.

Price comparison

Major findings:

Many cloud server providers such as Linode, DigitalOcean, Vultr and Upcloud offer similar packages, it is shown obviously from the table that the cost of their cloud solutions are cheaper than other providers’ like AWS and Azure.

LayerStack’s offers are more cost-effective among all listed brand, its year plans are the cheapest options in every categories, up to 75% cost could be saved by moving your business to LayerStack cloud server.

Application Complexity
The below comparaison is sheerly a personal experience and suggestion. For reference only.

Major findings:

AWS, Azure and Google Cloud tend to offering detailed classified cloud solution for selection, customization is an important factor for the cloud services of suggested brands, to a certain extent they require IT professionals to operate and make purchases.

On the other hand, LayerStack, Linode and DigitalOcean focus on providing standard packages with different vCPU, memory, SSD storage, data transfer and fixed monthly cost, it is user-friendly to non-IT professionals with simplifying the subscription of cloud computing.